Fertility Network UK is the nation’s leading patient-focused fertility charity. We are a small independent charity working hard to help the 3.5 million people in the United Kingdom affected by the devastation and pain fertility issues create. Our support includes practical emotional support for people who are considering their future fertility; trying to become parents; facing the challenges of childlessness; are successful after fertility problems; and those needing help to access NHS-funded fertility treatment.
As the patient voice in the campaign for equitable access to NHS fertility treatment in the UK we co-chair campaign group Fertility Fairness, and ensure that the issues which matter to patients are heard by politicians, policy-makers and health commissioners. We work with the media and use social media to raise public awareness of all aspects of fertility issues. Our education project (in Scotland) raises awareness of the importance of fertility education in protecting and maintaining future fertility and highlights some practical steps young people can take to help protect their future fertility. This year, we have started to highlight the impact of Fertility in the Workplace. Through a small group of staff and volunteers, we provide a network of support groups both locally and online and access to a helpline for support, which includes the opportunity to speak with a fertility nurse.
We have come to a time of board change and are seeking to recruit someone with fundraising experience to join our Board. It’s an exciting time for the charity and your opportunity to influence its strategic direction.
About the Role
We are looking for a fundraising professional to help with our strategy and guide the charity in its fundraising activities. You will ideally have a successful track record in all aspects of fundraising and partnerships. Knowledge across the mix of fundraising would be very useful. We currently have a range of funding from corporates, and individual donors and some grant makers and we are looking to diversify our fundraising with huge scope for quick wins and for the incoming trustee to transform the charity’s income. Our goal is to achieve a diversified approach to fundraising, generating voluntary income from individual donors, fundraisers, companies, trusts and foundations and from statutory bodies.
You will guide the charity to pursue its fundraising activities in line with its governance document, charity law, and other relevant legislation/regulations, and work with the Treasurer and wider team and ensure appropriate measures are taken to fund the charity.
You will also sit on our Board of Trustees, sharing responsibility for the strategic direction of the organisation, ensuring sound governance and staying true to the charitable objectives. This is a great opportunity for someone looking for professional development and wishing to help shape the future of a charity and make a real difference to peoples’ lives.
Whether you are an experienced Trustee or wanting to take your first step at Board level, we would love to hear from you!
The role requires someone who embodies our values and who would be willing and able to represent the charity at events and with stakeholders. Ideally the successful candidate will have social and/or business networks they are willing to use to help further our ambitions, have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and be able to challenge.
We are a small dedicated board and our goal is to expand it, not only in skill set but in diversity. We really want our board of trustees to represent our community. We’d love to hear from all ages and backgrounds.
This is an unremunerated role. What we can offer is a role which is fascinating and immensely rewarding – working with a dynamic and committed Board. It is a great opportunity to help create the future and make the journey of dealing with fertility challenges easier not only today but for future generations.
If you would like an informal discussion about this role, please contact the acting chair of the Board via firstname.lastname@example.org.